Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is no fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a notorious left-wing organization organized to bilk money from businesses and organizations anxious to avoid pickets by followers of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
So, when it was Sen. Hawley’s turn to interview Nancy G. Abudu, the Biden administration’s nominee for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals—and a member of the SPLC since 2019–the Senator pulled out all the stops.
Sen. Hawley asked the nominee if she supported the SPLC leadership’s admitted policy of “destroying” their opponents, Ms. Abudu’s deer-in-the-headlights response was to feign ignorance and pretend she knew nothing about anything, including:
- the 2019 $3.4 million payout by the SPLC as a result of a defamation lawsuit
- a dismal grade of “F” assigned by the Charity Navigator
- the left-leaning publication Current Affairs publication labeling SPLC as “a fraud designed to scare liberals into writing checks.”
- Stephen Bight, a liberal death penalty opponent, who turned down an award named for the SPLC founder, saying that the organization “has long been run by a conman and a fraud.”
Pressed several times for a direct answer to the question, “Do you agree with what the SPLC has done?” the nominee’s tepid and by-rote response was, “Senator, again, my work with the Southern Poverty Law Center has been to uphold the constitutional rights of individuals who without pro bono counsel would not be even able to have access to justice.”
Unimpressed and astonished by Ms. Abudu’s response, the Senator undoubtedly ruined the nominee’s day when he said, “I can’t believe you’ve been nominated for this position. I can’t believe that the President of the United States would nominate someone from [the Southern Poverty Law Center] with this record.”
Watch the exchange between Senator Hawley and Ms. Abudu on the YouTube video below.